I have wanted this belt forever but I didn't buy it till this January. I have purchased many even more expensive ones from Louis Vuitton in the past that I absolutely LOVE but I get the most USE out of my Hermes H belt. (It also doesn't hurt that my last name starts with an H!)
This is not the best picture of me - and these pants now fit a lot less tight (horray!) - but the only one I could find in my phone wearing my belt - PS the top I got at the ARC!
The Hermes H belt is a total classic. It's also the best buy you can make at Hermes. Everything from Hermes costs a fuckton of money and this piece is the one that actually costs the least as far as buckles and will make the biggest statement. You can buy it in several finishes and "fonts" on the H. I prefer the classic with a high polish finish - I bought it in silver but I am going to buy the gold next time I have a great commission. Here is a picture of the one I bought:
When you buy your first buckle, you need to buy the belt, too. You might be tempted but do not buy the leather belt from somewhere else. It never fits completely right and you might as well do it right if you are going to do it. The leather belts are reversible which is awesome. I bought the brown/black combo to start which is what I think everyone should do because you can't go wrong with brown and black. You will get the most use out of it. My next belt will be something funky like turquoise or orange or pink!
I probably won't splurge on a second leather belt right now because I am voluntarily working less and don't need to be spending money like an Arab Sheik.
This is the buckle I want next!
The H belt is iconic and will NEVER go out of style. It's classic, chic, and can be super dressy or casual. I wear mine with jeans or dresses. I have seen 90 year old ladies rocking out this belt. It's just, like, the perfect belt.
Takeaway tips - 1) Do NOT buy one on eBay or anywhere but Hermes or a reputable consignment site. The real ones sell close to what they retail for anyway so you might as well buy it fresh from Hermes and get the whole "experience" and peace of mind that it's authentic. 2) The brushed finish is a good idea because it hides scratches easier but the high polish is super cool. 3) Do not buy a fake one. (Never buy a fake anything - just go without until you can get the real thing.) Believe me, a trained eye can always tell a fake - even a good one. I can sniff out a fake anything like a bloodhound. DO NOT ATTEMPT.
Show me your belts ladies!